Skip to main content

The Wounded Cuirassier, study (Le Cuirassier blessé quittant le feu, esquisse)

Item Preview

image
The Wounded Cuirassier, study (Le Cuirassier blessé quittant le feu, esquisse)


Published 1814
Topics art, European Art


During the Napoleonic era (1799–1814), war became an ever-present spectacle in Europe. For Géricault, such subject matter proved irresistible, particularly the combination of powerful horses and glittering uniforms. In this final study for an 1814 Salon entry, Géricault makes a significant departure from the academic standard for battle paintings by concentrating on the ambiguous actions of a single, anonymous soldier (who mysteriously lacks a visible wound, despite the work’s title) and his stumbling mount rather than the precise maneuvers of a corps or the bravery of famous generals. In the wake of Napoleon’s fall from power a few months before the opening of the Salon, the massive finished work (more than ten feet high) stood as an unpleasant reminder of France’s recent defeats and the folly of the Napoleonic enterprise.

Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object record for the latest information.



Identifier brooklynmuseum-o54748-the-wounded-cuirassier-study-le
Caption Théodore Géricault (French, 1791-1829). The Wounded Cuirassier, study (Le Cuirassier blessé quittant le feu, esquisse), 1814. Oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 18 1/8 in. (55.2 x 46 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 43.81
Coverage Europe
Creator Théodore Géricault
Credit Anonymous gift
Date 1814
Dimensions 21 3/4 x 18 1/8 in. (55.2 x 46 cm); Frame: 30 1/2 x 27 in. (77.5 x 68.6 cm)
Mediatype image
Medium Oil on canvas
Rights No known copyright restrictions
Publicdate 2010-05-05 21:20:59
Addeddate 2010-05-05 21:20:59
Backup_location ia903605_13

comment
Reviews

There are no reviews yet. Be the first one to write a review.
SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata)
Brooklyn Museum
by Marc Chagall
image
eye 48
favorite 0
comment 0
Brooklyn Museum
by Claude Monet
image
eye 153
favorite 0
comment 0
Brooklyn Museum
by Eugène Louis Boudin
image
eye 37
favorite 0
comment 0
Brooklyn Museum
image
eye 40
favorite 0
comment 0
Brooklyn Museum
image
eye 127
favorite 0
comment 0
Brooklyn Museum
by James Tissot
image
eye 61
favorite 1
comment 0
Brooklyn Museum
by Rodolphe Bresdin
image
eye 110
favorite 1
comment 0
Brooklyn Museum
by Paul Cézanne
image
eye 393
favorite 1
comment 0
Brooklyn Museum
by James Tissot
image
eye 673
favorite 2
comment 0
Brooklyn Museum
image
eye 53
favorite 2
comment 0